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Family Nurse Practitioner

Master of Science

24 Months | Low Residency

M.S. Family Nurse Practitioner

A Powerful Educational Experience

A nurse practitioner is a highly sought-after healthcare provider with many exciting career opportunities. At Niagara, you will experience a comprehensive education that combines theoretical and experiential learning methods to prepare you for an advanced practice role as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP).

The M.S. Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program is designed to prepare individuals with advanced education, clinical experience, and professional development in order to serve as caring and compassionate clinicians in the primary care setting. Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for FNP national board certification offered by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

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M.S. Family Nurse Practitioner


The average salary
of an FNP in Western NY

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Nurse Practitioners are ranked as
the top job in Healthcare

U.S. News and World Reports


Projected growth for employment
of Family Nurse Practitioners by 2032

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statitics

A Cutting Edge Curriculum

This innovative 49-credit program affords learners 780 direct patient care and simulated clinical hours in accordance with NTF standards for NP education. Students develop advanced practice skills in order to safely assess, diagnose, and treat individuals across the lifespan. 

Knowledge, skills, and competencies for advanced practice nursing and FNP specialty care are built across the curriculum. 

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Program Details

Completion Time: 24 Months
Credit Hours: 49
Clinical Hours: 780
Cost per Credit Hour: $1050

*Applicants must possess a NYS Nursing License

Why Choose NU for your FNP?
  • Low-residency
    In-person classes are held once per week, allowing students to continue building registered nursing clinical expertise with personalized instruction and on campus simulation as they pursue an advanced degree.
  • Full or Part Time Study:
    Nursing candidates can complete their studies in two years as a full-time student, with part-time options available.  This gives options for progression to working nurses, and those that have personal obligations.
  • Quality:
    Our nursing faculty are regionally and nationally known as academic scholars and clinicians with expertise in research, pediatrics, adult and older adult medicine, forensics, simulation, and more.  Graduate faculty are also working nurse practitioners.
Experiential Learning
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 A state-of-the-art simulation center bridges theory with clinical experiential learning. A mixture of general practice precepted clinical experiences and specialty observations are also incorporated into the program:

  • Precepted internships
  • Exposure to clinical settings
  • Modules in case management, person-centered care, and mental health first aid

Career Outcomes

  • Primary care centers or clinics
  • Specialty clinics
  • Private practice
  • Acute care or hospital settings
  • Schools and colleges
  • Long term care or skilled nursing facilities
  • Non-traditional settings like corporate health, correctional facilities, forensics
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Dr. Christine Verni
"The outstanding and highly respected practitioners in the College of Nursing use their clinical and academic expertise to train registered nurses for the next level of practice, using professional connections and years of knowledge to open the doors to numerous opportunities for students training for advanced practice. We teach students how to succeed, and support the working professional with a blend of in-person and online courses in one-day per week and/or evening formats. As facilitators of a positive learning environment, our team helps students with planning clinical experiences that will expose them to rural and urban health care challenges while providing the highest level of care to every patient that they encounter"​
Christine Verni, EdD, FNP-BC, APRN, CHSE

About Niagara

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Founded by the Vincentian community in 1856, Niagara University educates students in the highest academic tradition so that they graduate with the confidence, clarity of direction, and heightened sense of purpose to excel in their careers and be change leaders in their field.
The university has received accolades from U.S. News & World Report, Colleges of Distinction and Money magazine for its ability to offer students a high return on their educational investment.
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